My respect for Rex Parker, which was already immense, has grown by leaps and bounds during this, my first full week of annotating New York Sun puzzles. Crossword blogging is a lot of work.
It's also a lot of fun and so is this Weekend Warrior (no theme) from Patrick Berry.
I've said before it's always good to get one of the 1's, and I got 1A: Advertising agts. land them (ACCTS) immediately, and I was off to a good start.
Seeing the answer to 3D: Enigmatology topic (CROSSWORDS) took me back for a minute. I'm not sure I've ever seen the word "crossword" in a crossword before. Too many consonants, I guess.
The clue for 17A: Noise heard after someone crashes sent my mind off after cars and computers before it got to cots (SNORE)
19A: His nemesis was Dr. Claw (INSPECTORGADGET) The inspector was a bit after my time, I had SPEC and wanted Dr. Claw's nemesis to be somebody "spectacular"
50A: One of Jon Arbuckle's pets (ODIE) Jon Arbuckle is Garfield's . . . well, not master. . .let's say roommate. Originally Odie belonged to Jon's friend Lyman, but Lyman disappeared in the early 80's, leaving his slobbery, none-too-bright pooch behind.
6D: Tail-wagging animals (RATTLERS) took me a minute. I was thinking cute mammals not deadly reptiles.
11D: Liquid once found in capsules (TANG) Space capsules that is. Being way out in the atmosphere far from sodas and Slurpees or even juice is the only excuse for drinking this vile concoction. Like most kids growing up in the 60's and 70's I wanted to be an astronaut. What changed my mind was not my fear of heights or the Apollo 13 scare, it was the taste of Tang.
49: "Roundball Rock" composer I had __SH and knew it had to be either Johnny CASH or John TESH, and it sounded too corny for Cash. (TESH)
Jane EYRE turns up a lot in crosswords. Not so much her house. 27D: ____ Hall ("Jane Eyre" setting) (THORNFIELD) And no wonder. Thornfield? That doesn't sound very inviting.
Here's one where my longitude helped me. 39A: Restaurants that do less business from May to August (OYSTER BARS) I've lived close to the coast all my life and I know you can only eat oysters in months with an R in them. I don't know why this is so, or why anybody would want to eat anything as disgusting as an oyster at any time of the year, but there you go.
And there I go, off into a weekend. Hope to see you here on Monday.